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Mamajeva Sloboda Open Air Museum

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Address: 2 Mykhaila Dontsya Street, Kiev, Ukraine
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+380 66 091 1076
10:00 - 18:00
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About UsIn the middle of XVII century a French engi­neer and cartographer...

About UsIn the middle of XVII century a French engi­neer and cartographer Guillaume Le Vasseur de Beauplan said: “Ukraina est Terra Cosacorum” – “Ukraine is a Land of Cos­sacks”. That’s why in seven kilometers from Khreschatyk an open­air museum – a Cossack village “Mamajeva Sloboda” – has been located. Its thematic exhibits are situated on the 9,2 hectares site and represent a full replica of a historical settlement depicting Ukrainian nature, architecture and the way of life.What is special about the open-air museumOver three hundred years ago this land was in the possession of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery. In the oak-grove above the Lybid River head approximately in the same place of the present “Mamajeva Sloboda” the monastery apiary with a farmstead and a pond were situated.Few centuries have passed and again we can see the picturesque holts twining there about meadows as scrub hedgerows and creating a landscape of a typical for the Central Ukraine unique view of valley. Nowadays the Cossack village called “Mamajeva Sloboda” stands on that particular place – among the curly cherry orchards surrounded by wattle fences.In the center of the architectural ensemble which consists of 98 units a Cossack three-domed wooden church is located. The Cossack church is founded in the name of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and is similar to the one built at Zaporozhian Sich in the days of Bohdan-Zinoviy Khmelnytskyi.Near the main entrance gate a mound is raised with a Scythian statue of Mamaj on the top. Not far from the church there is a wind-mill – the symbol of peaceful agricultural Ukraine. In “Mamajeva Sloboda” one can see the estates of a Churchwarden, of a Cossack-dzhura (Cossack armour bearer), of a Sotnik (the Cossack’s superior), of a Blacksmith with a smithy, of a Potter with a pottery, of a Fortune-teller; a shynok (Ukrainian restaurant), an apiary and a watermill as well – all of them are situated over two rushy lakes cov-ered with water lilies. The estates consist of different buildings according to their household functions. They are: storehouses, sheds, stables, cellars, barns, cart-houses, etc. This traditional Ukrainian landscape is supplemented with the Mar-ketplace, the Military chancellery and a Cossack garrison.The objects of “Mamajeva Sloboda” are used by the method of reproduction of the living history according to their original functions – with the aim to popularize and revive the original Ukrainian folk traditions, customs, rites, forgotten labor skills and handicrafts.A little of official informationThe ethnology centre “Cossack Mamaj” was registered as a legal personality on the 9th of July, 1990. Kyiv City Council transferred the plot of land to the museum for the permanent land use with the first in the Ukrainian history judicial decision.From the time of this decision up to the inauguration of “Mamajeva Sloboda” 19 years had passed. The first visitors were officially invited on the 9th of July 2009 (the photo report is possible to see in the gallery (ukr. version)).

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It was a celebration of our holiday when people usually swim in ice water) They believe that this day, water become holly and you will get your body healthy after this ritual. So... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 January 2016
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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

It was a celebration of our holiday when people usually swim in ice water) They believe that this day, water become holly and you will get your body healthy after this ritual. So very nice to see that and to try very good our traditional food in the restaurant on their territory plus to make pics/see houses and some animals.... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

This place was started as mini-Pyrohovo first, but now it's a self-contained place to visit in Kyiv. The big plus is that its located inside of city and it takes about 15-20 mins to get there from centre. The place itself not very big, one should plan half a day to be there. There are few authentic houses but they're... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

We really enjoyed our time at Mamajeva Sloboda. The weather was beautiful, which helps as it is open air. The layout of the park is attractive and well-maintained. My lively boys were fascinated by the animals, buildings and details of historic life. A MUST see!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

I really liked to see the Open Air Museum. It felt like walking in a Kosack Village. Many houses were however closed. This was a bit disappointing. I also tried the food at one of their restaurants. I liked the food very much. It was also served on ceramic plates with cutlery made from wood. The glasses seemed to be... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2012

Great place to visit on one of their seasonal festivals... very colorful and pleasant, especially to find a bit of village in the middle of Kyiv. However, don't recommend their restaurants. A friend who once worked there on the organizational side told me they use Mivina flavoring in everything, which means lots of MSG!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

It's a good one open air museum, but if you have time you'd better choose Pyrogovo museum

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2012

According to Kyiv Post there was supposed to be a Polish-Ukrainian festival in the park, but there was nothing happening when we visited. There are a few nice buildings in traditional Ukrainian style, with souvenir shops and some farm animals. The park itself is pleasant enough, and there is quite a good restaurant serving traditional Ukrainian food. But it is... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

The best part was reconstructed houses of Old Ukraine, similar to Zansen Hans close to Amsterdam & Folk festival itself

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

I like it very much, there is acting smithy, restaurant and so on... Very interesting!!!!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

This place should be very interesting probably at festival days, but there is almost nothing to do at winter or early spring. 3/4 of houses were closed even on Sunday, only those were open where a shop and a restaurant were situated, plus church, sheep yard, small blacksmith and a sledge to ride. Not worth $5 for entry especially in... More 

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